Today, I’m talking with the Chief Creative Officer here at Kadima Careers, Jay Cross, about how job descriptions are created at big tech companies and beyond. We are spilling the SYCK truth about the generalized and arbitrary requirements that most job listings have and how women are more likely than men to disqualify themselves based on the description. I’m sharing my best secrets and tips from my time as a hiring manager so you can better understand the process and accelerate your career by applying for jobs even when you might not fit all of the requirements.
In This Episode:
[07:58] The static nature of job descriptions
[12:43] Alan’s experience with applying at Google without meeting all of the job description requirements
[22:27] How job descriptions are created and what that means for you
[26:59] What role do referrals play
[37:05] Advice for those wanting to apply to roles that don’t perfectly match their experience
Most job descriptions are static even though the role evolves over the course of time. Recruiters copy and paste from previous roles and only about 50 to 70% of the description will align with what the current role is supposed to be.
Think about the risk and the return on investment of applying for a job. There's very little downside of applying for a job that you think you're potentially a fit for. The worst thing that happens is not getting any response or getting a quick rejection.
Focus on the company you want to work at, then focus on the roles that leverage your strength and apply!
Jay is an experienced writer, researcher, and marketer who loves asking The Naive Question: “If we weren’t already doing it this way, is this the way we would start?” In the past, Jay was Ramit Sethi’s Senior Direct Response Copywriter at I Will Teach You To Be Rich, as well as the Director of Copywriting at Kettle & Fire, the world’s fastest-growing bone broth company. He also started an information publishing business showing self-motivated college students how to earn a bachelor’s degree in 1 year or less. Jay is currently the Chief Creative Officer at Kadima Careers.